Box Score Jan. 30, 2016
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ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. - Brooke Pahukoa hit a career-high seven 3-pointers on her way to a team-best 25 points to lead Boise State to a dominating 81-60 road victory over New Mexico in Albuquerque Saturday afternoon. Boise State opened the game on a 22-3 run and was never really threatened maintaining a double-digit lead nearly the entire game, eventually defeating the Lobos by 21. It is the Broncos' sixth-consecutive win as they improved to 14-6 overall and 7-2 in MW play. The win gives the Blue and Orange a two-game gap between the Broncos in third place and the teams trailing in fourth.
"That was a great team effort, I thought our team came ready to play and executed our offense and defense," said head coach Gordy Presnell. "Brooke (Pahukoa) was spectacular shooting the ball and everyone contributed. We got a good lift out of Joyce (Harrell) with five rebounds, Marta's (Hermida) shot wasn't falling but she found other ways to contribute with eight assists and 10 rebounds. It was a great win all around for the Broncos."
Pahukoa's seven 3-pointers were one short of tying the school record as she finished the day with her eighth 20-plus point game of the year. The junior shot 8-of-13 from the floor and 7-of-10 from beyond the 3-point arc, including making her first five. She added five rebounds and one assist in 35 minutes.
Miquelle Askew scored 10 of her 18 points in the second half as she shot 9-of-12 from the floor on the day with three rebounds, one assist and two blocks.
Shalen Shaw battled second half foul trouble to tally 15 points, eight rebounds, five assists, three blocks and two steals.
Marta Hermida led the team on the glass with a career-high 10 rebounds to go with five points, a career-tying eight assists and two steals.
Yaiza Rodriguez Ortego added nine points, six assists and two steals.
In key supporting roles Marijke Vanderschaaf added five points; Joyce Harrell had five rebounds, one assist and two blocks; Brittney Pahukoa three boards and one assist; and Jordan Tully with four points and four rebounds.
Boise State opened the game on a 22-3 run to go up 19 by the 3:24 mark in the first period. Six Broncos scored in the opening 10 minutes as the Broncos finished the quarter up 27-15. It is the second-most points scored in the first period this season since they scored 28 at Portland.
The second quarter was as dominating as the first as the Broncos used a 10-4 run to open the period going up 37-19 with 4:25 to go. They outscored the Lobos 21-12 in the second and led by as many as 25 points before settling for a 21-point 48-27 advantage at halftime.
The Broncos were on fire in the first 20 minutes shooting 72 percent (18-25) from the floor, 70 percent (7-10) from the 3-point arc and 71.4 percent (5-7) from the free-throw line. Boise State dominated the glass as well out rebounding the Lobos 20-to-9.
New Mexico rallied in the third quarter by picking up its pressure defense pulling to within 11 points 59-48 with 1:29 to go in period, that was as close as the Lobos would get. UNM eventually cut its' 21-point halftime deficit to 13 by the end of 10 minutes. Broncos shot 22.2 percent (4-18) from the floor in the third.
Up 12 at 62-50 with 9:09 to go in the fourth, Boise State regrouped and rolled off a 15-6 run to regain a 20-plus advantage at 77-56. The Broncos stretched it back to 23 on a Vanderschaaf layup with 1:06 remaining up 81-58.
On the day Boise State finished shooting 55.4 percent (31-56) from the floor, 47.6 percent (10-21) from the arc and 64.3 percent (9-14) from the free-throw line. The Broncos controlled the glass out rebounding the Lobos 41-to-30. The 17 Bronco turnovers might of caused concern if the game was close, but New Mexico was unable to take advantage of them only holding a slim 17-to-14 edge in points off turnovers.
New Mexico shot 30.5 percent (18-59) from the floor in the game, 26.7 percent (4-15) from the arc and 71.4 percent (20-28) from the free-throw line, 14-of-18 in the second half.
Khadijah Shumpert led the Lobos with 23 points which included going 11-of-14 from the charity stripe. Emily Lines followed with 15 points, while Cherise Beynon added 13.
Next up for Boise State is a road trip to Utah State Wednesday night.